Chief Executive Officer of Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation

My name is Nathan McIvor; born in Victoria, spent my early childhood in Papua New Guinea, then my family moved back to Australia. Lived and worked in the Northern Territory for over 30 years and then relocated to Western Australia in 2019 to work with Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation

My work life started as a 13 year old on Goulburn Island, NT, doing monthly stocktakes for my father who was the manager of the shop there for Arnhem Land Progress Association, I enjoyed the wholesale and retail sector as a salesman, continuing in this field until 1999.

In 1999 I commenced a new career with the Northern Territory Department of Justice, after 11 years I resigned, jaded by the constant empty words and rhetoric about indigenous disadvantage and what the Dept of Justice was doing to combat recidivist behaviour, yet the numbers of indigenous men and women incarcerated continued to increase and no real changes were ever made. It was time to move on, I recognised that the criminal justice system was an enterprise and the numbers of public service employees rose the more people were incarcerated.

I moved to Local Government as a Coordinator for the Night Patrol program in the West Arnhem region and worked in this space for the next 10 years with several Regional Councils in the NT which included Council Service Managers and Area Manager roles.  

I am proud to be the CEO for Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation and believe in the direction that this organisation wants to go. Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation is leading the way as a voice for Indigenous Australians in the areas of self-determination and self-empowerment, it is an honour to be serving this organisation and being part of its present and future.

Operations Manager

My name is Jay Leonhardt. I grew up in the Pilbara around Nullagine and Marble Bar. I did my schooling all over the top end, from Western Australia to the  Northern Territory and Queensland. My family were involved in gold mining and my early work experience was working with my father in the 2 gold mines my family owned. I also worked for the big mining companies including a stint on Groote Island working for BHP. For the last 15 years I have managed and worked in 4 of my own small businesses in the areas of Sheet Metal work, Double Glazing, Roller Shutters, and a café in Yanchip, north of Perth. I have 2 adult children both living in Perth. Whenever I have some spare time, I love nothing more than taking off in my motor home to travel around and see the country. I love fishing and most afternoons I take off on my 4 wheeler quad bike over the sand dunes to walk or sit and chill out after a busy day.